Friday, November 26, 2010

11/26 Report - New Pirate Museum & Pillar Dollars

Part of a Coin in Concretion.

Here is an image of part of a copper coin found in concretion in the Caribbean. It was found by David S. who would like to identify the coin and would be happy to receive any help in doing that.

This was found in an area with other old shipwreck items including a brass spike and piece of an old hand-forged chain.

There seems to be block letters on the edge of the coin. See if you can see any cLues to what type of coin it might be. It looks to me like those letters might be the best clue to the identity of the coin.

A pirate museum that will open soon in St. Augustine. A British sword hilt and other artifacts were discovered during excavations for a handicapped ramp for the museum.

It seems anywhere you dig in St. Augustine will turn up artifacts.

You might be interested in reading about both the pirate museum and the artifacts.

Here is the link.

Part of some of the earliest hand guns known (from the 15th Century) have been found by a detectorist.

Here is the link to that story.

And here are two good links to sites on Pillar Dollars. The first site presents design features and terminology while the second presents photos and examples of different variations.

Forecast and Conditions.

Not much will change until after the weekend. On Monday the seas are expected to be up around six feet again. That isn't bad as far as the seas go. As I've often mentioned it takes more than rough water to cause erosion. Lately we've been having east or southeast winds, which usually doesn't do much good.

We are getting higher seas more often now, and even if it hasn't usually been causing good cuts it is helping. Any time you get churning on the beach front and movement of sand in the water, old things can be uncovered and moved into a better position to be deposited on the beach when the right conditions do occur.

I've been talking about wood washing up on the beach and am of the opinion that during our last rough spell some old things out in the water got uncovered even if the cobs didn't get deposited on the beach.

As I've detailed in the past, there are two sources for the cobs found on a beach. Some are washed up onto the beach and others are washed out of the dunes. The later requires high water that erodes the back dunes.

We haven't had that recently. We have seen some erosion, but mostly in areas where the sand was fill sand, like that in front of Disney or at Walton Rocks. The remaining fill sand in some areas is still protecting the old back dunes from erosion. Sooner or later the fill sand will be depleted and the sand that contains old objects from long ago will be washed onto the beach.

Happy hunting,